Former mayor named to Hustonville council

March 03, 2004|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - Without public discussion Tuesday night, Hustonville city officials filled a vacant City Council seat.

Gary Lynn, former interim mayor, was appointed to the council by the remaining four members after less than 20 minutes of conference in executive session.

Tim Frederick, Ernestine Hafley and Linda Russell also were prospective council members, hoping to fill the seat vacated by Barry S. McCoy in January. McCoy resigned his seat after accepting a position with the Stanford Police Department.

Lynn said he had applied for McCoy's seat to help better his community.

"I'll want to have a voice in the community to see if we can improve the town," said Lynn.

He is self-employed at Gary Lynn Construction Co. Two years ago, he was interim mayor before the election of Larry "Pup" Doss.


City Council members approved the appointment 3 to 0, with member Bob Hicks abstaining.

After the quick vote, one of the applicants questioned City Attorney Carol Hill if council member Hank Smith's vote in favor of Lynn, his father-in-law, was a conflict of interest.

Hill said she did not believe so in this instance.

Lynn thanked the council and said he would "try to help you people, that's what I'm here to do."

He declined to comment further on his appointment after the meeting.

Lynn will hold his appointment until general elections in the fall, at which point he must campaign to retain his seat.

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